Digital dolls (also called dolling) is a hobby similar to that of paper dolls, except instead of being made out of paper, dolls are made on the computer using graphic imaging software like Adobe Photoshop, The Gimp, MSPaint, etc… usually with a mouse or a tablet. Dolling starts with a template called a “Base” which is in the shape of the human body, usually unclothed, like that of a Barbie doll. Dolls are generally made on “Adopted Bases” which are bases that are made by other artists, that are free to use according to their rules.
There are artists such as myself that prefer to go “Baseless” which to be put simply, are dolls that are made 100% from scratch. Which is what I do most of the time. I prefer making baseless dolls for the freedom that it gives me, as well as the challenges that it provides.
Dolling comes in two shading techniques: Pixel and Tool << I specialize in tool shading, which is basically CG painting but on a teeny-tiny scale. I like that I can use brushes and tools, because it gives me a realistic, yet soft painterly effect.
I have been dolling for about eleven years, and am an active member of the dolling community.